Saturday, February 26, 2011

She's really doing it!

Are you kidding me?!

I can't believe how much snow we got! Taun said there are 18 inches out there! I am so sick of it. The boys went out to play and only lasted about 10 minutes because it is soooo deep...they kept getting stuck!

I will never be able to get out in my van!

Look at all that snow!

Gracie stayed inside and watched the boys play. I don't think she minded though because it is way too cold out there!

Sunday, February 20, 2011


Taun has been working on perfecting his bread making skills. He is getting really good at making it and it seems to get better each time he makes it. This picture is of the loaves he made to take to his Home Teaching families. It tastes as good as it looks.

Aren't they beautiful?!

Look what I made!

Taun and I have been talking about getting the boys their won scriptures for church. We went to Deseret Book yesterday and got them each a hard back blue Book of Mormon. They were so excited and could hardly wait to take them to church today. I got thinking last night that they did not have a bag to carry them in and so I got out some felt and made them each a scripture bag. (I love working with felt. It is so easy to cut and it does not fray so you don't "have" to finish the edges.) I didn't want them to be just plain and boring so I added the "CTR" letters to the front and used some fun ribbon for the handles. The boys were thrilled to take them to church and they even remembered to bring them home.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

This little girl has been busy! She got her first real haircut just after Christmas. She had some pretty crazy hair but now it is all even and looks better. She finally made it to 22 lbs. and is now getting some molars. She has 8 teeth and 2-3 molars trying to make their way through. She has finally started to take steps without something to hold onto but is still real nervous about it. She is a daddy's girl all the way and wants nothing to do with me when he is around. She hollars at people when they do something she does not like and we feel like we are always in trouble because she follows us around the house screaming at us.

One day at gr. & gr. Beddes's house, Gracie was climbing on the foot stool and then awhile later gr. Beddes had his feet on it. You should have heard how she got after him. It was really funny.

We love this girl and we know that she is going to give us a run for the money!

Poor Alex!

This poor little boy has the worst luck. He is always getting hurt. I believe it is because he is fearless and will try anything.

Just the other day I asked him to go upstairs to get something for me and on his way up he tripped on the stairs and his face met the floor. Now it would not have been such a big deal except for the floor was hardwood. He started to cry and before I made it to him (within seconds) his eye was purple and puffy. He broke skin and now has a scab and a black eye. Pretty impressive and he only complained about it for 1 day. What a tough boy!

You can tell...

that we live in Utah! Why? you ask. Because we were playing inside building towers and indoor bowling one weekend and then swimming the next and then playing outside in the snow the very next weekend. I love where we live but I sure wish the weather could be a little more consistent.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

Monday - Pork Barbacoa Burritos (I love Macey's Crock Talk!)

4 lbs. Boneless Pork Roast
40 oz. tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
4 cups Dr. Pepper
3 tsp. garlic powder
4 tsp. cumin
3 tsp. molasses

Mix garlic powder, cumin, molasses, tomato sauce, brown sugar, and Dr. Pepper in a large bowl. Pour mixture over pork roast and cook in crock pot on low for 6-7 hours. Shred meat, return to pot and cook 1 hour in the sauce on low. Keep warm until ready to serve. Serve in tortillas. Garnish with shredded cheese, lettuce and sour cream.

Tuesday - Colorful Chicken and Rice (Gayla)

1 cup uncooked rice
2 boneless chicken breasts
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 cans water
1 pkg. dry onion soup mix
1/2 teaspoon paprika

Any or all of these vegetables can be added:
1 large carrot, sliced into pennies
1 cup of fresh cut-up green beans
1 medium bell pepper, chopped
1 can of corn, drained

Place rice in bottom of crock pot. Pour water over rice. Mix canned soups and dry soup mix in a bowl and pour over rice. Add chopped veggies. Place chicken on top. Sprinkle with paprika. Cook on low for 3-4 hours.

Wednesday - Cheese Filled Jumbo Shells (thanks to Hilary for sharing this one)

1 pkg. jumbo shells
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley
1/4 tsp. ground pepper
4 cups ricotta cheese
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
3/4 tsp. dried oregano
3 cups spaghetti sauce

Pre-heat oven to 375. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile in a large bowl, stir everything but the shells and spaghetti sauce. In 13 x 9 pan, spread 1 cup spaghetti sauce. Fill each shell with about 2 Tbs. mixture. Arrange shells in tight rows. Spread remaining sauce over shells. Sprinkle with additional parmesan or mozzarella cheese, if desired. Cover with foil. Bake 35 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Thursday - Hawaiian Haystacks

1 can cream of chicken soup
1 pkg. chicken gravy
2 cups shredded chicken

Pour on rice and top with cheese, olives, onions, peppers, tomatoes, chow mein noodles and anything else you think will taste good.

Friday - we will be at my mom's house. Taun and my dad are going fishing, so we will propably have fish. YUCK!!